With his boisterous, relentlessly positive attitude and eclectic musical taste, Nick Swisher has stepped in to become an instant fan favorite in his first season with the Yankees.
Taking over as the club's starting right fielder in April, Swisher fit right into the potent lineup, bringing a patient switch-hitting approach that saw him become one of five Yankees players to belt 25 or more home runs while driving in 82 runs for the American League East champions.
Throughout the 2009 postseason, Swisher will take part in a Q&A with MLB.com, sharing his thoughts after every Yankees game. On Tuesday, Swisher gave his thoughts after the club's full-squad workout on the eve of Game 1 of the American League Division Series.
MLB.com: How would you sum up the general feeling around the clubhouse as you guys get ready to begin the playoffs?
Swisher: It's chill, man. Relaxed. It's exactly the same way we've been going about everything all year. I know myself, this is going to be a lot of fun. I know I'm really excited about it, and just to be able to open the brand new Stadium going to the playoffs is a great thing. I think for all of us, we'll be ready. We'll go back, get some sleep, and we had a good workout today. Guys seem in good spirits, everybody is healthy, and we'll just get ourselves ready for tomorrow night.
MLB.com: The Yankees were on the field for almost two hours today. What can you take out of a workout like this?
Swisher: It's just to knock the rust off. We had a full day off [Monday] and obviously a full day off today, no game. You just come out today and get your work in, get your lifts in, get your workouts in. You just knock a little dust off and get ready for tomorrow.
MLB.com: You have a different perspective than a lot of guys here because you played in a postseason series against both the Twins and the Tigers. How do you compare and contrast what it would be like to play them?
Swisher: I think it's a different year. I don't think you can really compare the two teams. Either way, both teams are very deserving and they both have great seasons. We'll just see who ends up winning. I think obviously Minnesota with the turf is different than Detroit, which is just a bigger ballpark. Hey, either way, we'll be ready.
MLB.com: How do you get ready the night before a playoff game? Will you be tuning in for some of the Tigers-Twins playoff?
Swisher: I think I might watch a little bit, sitting at the house, just chilling and see what happens. You can find me on my couch tonight, relaxing, and then tomorrow, we'll be good to go.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.